‘It Was the Biggest Explosion I Have Ever Experienced’
“The air was filled with white smoke!” Sgt. Hussein of the Iraqi Federal Police said as the sound of small-arms fire, air strikes and helicopters boomed in the background. Hussein was one of many Iraqi troops who witnessed the immediate aftermath of the demolition of the ancient Al Nuri... Read more
The Surprising Importance of ‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’
This article contains spoilers for Wolfenstein: The New Order. In certain corners of the Western world, Nazi ideology is making a comeback. For years, we’ve taken it as a given that ideas such as racism and ultra-nationalism were poisonous roads to pain, suffering and war. Pop culture, and especially... Read more
The S-3 Viking Retired Way Too Early
Eight years ago the U.S. Navy retired: A) Its only dedicated carrier-based tanker. B) Its last dedicated carrier-based anti-submarine airplane. C) A carrier-based plane with more than twice the range of its current jets. D) All of the above. With a maximum speed of only 500 miles per hour—many airliners fly... Read more
Higher-Quality U.S. Weed, Police Crackdown Spiked Homicides in Jamaica
This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. Jamaica’s homicide rate has risen steeply in 2017, in what is likely the symptom of a splintering underworld. Between January and June 10, 639 people were murdered in Jamaica, an average of four murders a day, police data revealed. This reportedly represents a... Read more
Trump Expands What Obama Started—Banning Russian Rifle Imports
In the world of 7.62-millimeter rifles, Russian-made AKs and Veprs in particular—a group of AK-style variants produced by gunmaker Molot—are highly prized for their quality, durability and killer cool. Veprs became even more coveted in 2014, when the Obama administration imposed sanctions on competitor Kalashnikov Concern following the Russian invasion and... Read more
Why There Are No Military Solutions to North Korea
Any attempt to curtail North Korea’s nuclear weapons program through military force would be an unmitigated disaster. “A conflict in North Korea … would be probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetimes,” Secretary of Defense James Mattis told CBS News. “The bottom line is it would... Read more
The Navy’s New Mini-Carriers Balance Air Power and Beach Assaults
The U.S. Navy is acquiring early materials, working on systems engineering and starting detailed design work for a new America-class amphibious assault ship which re-introduces a “well deck” to prepare the service for future amphibious warfare. Construction of the ship, Bougainville, is scheduled to commence in late 2018 with... Read more
The Future Is Looking Bright for the U.S. Navy’s Super Hornet
With the U.S. Navy struggling to make up a shortfall in its strike fighter inventory, the future looks bright for Boeing’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler. The Navy plans to order at least 80 additional Super Hornets over the next five years including 14 jets in the fiscal... Read more
The ‘Tsar Bomba’ Was a 50-Megaton Monster Nuke
Maj. Andrei Durnovtsev, a Soviet air force pilot and commander of a Tu-95 Bear bomber, holds a dubious honor in the history of the Cold War. Durnovtsev flew the aircraft that dropped the most powerful nuclear bomb ever. It had an explosive force of 50 megatons, or more than... Read more
Iraqi Troops Work Under Fire to Save Mosul’s Trapped Civilians
A group of civilians walk along a raised section of a West Mosul highway beneath the morning sun. It’s only 9:00 a.m. and, despite a cool start, the temperature is steadily rising. Beyond the civilians, smoke rises from a large fire, burning somewhere along the front line where Iraqi soldiers... Read more
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